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ABOUT: poems for kids by polyanthum @ &   "WHEN WE COME TO THE END OF OUR LIFE, WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCOUNT TO OUR CRITICS, WE HAVE TO ACCOUNT TO GOD" -Joel Osteen Poetry "THE BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD CANNOT BE SEEN OR EVEN TOUCHED; THEY MUST BE FELT WITH THE HEART" - Helen Keller [1880-1968] "THE ONLY LASTING BEAUTY IS THE BEAUTY OF THE HEART" - Robert Frost [1874-1963] POET LAUREATE 1958-1959 AND INAUGURAL POET IN 1961 FOR PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY. "THE TWO MOST INTERESTING CHARACTERS OF THE 19th CENTURY ARE NAPOLEON AND HELEN KELLER..." - Mark Twain [1835-1910] "FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN GOD, NO EXPLANATION IS NECESSARY. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE, NO EXPLANATION IS POSSIBLE" - From 'Song of Bernadette.' Spiritual Poems I wrote my first poem a few years after my mother told me the story of the wild primrose that my father picked on Leap Year Day in the village of Coogue, Co. Mayo,  Ireland, where I was born.   The root was attached, so my mother planted it in a pot and it flowered indoors, all year round for three years. When my father passed on May 10th 1983, it was planted on his grave. My parents were the inspiration for my first poem 'The Primrose'. With the sudden passing of my beloved mother on November 11th 2001, I have dedicated all my poems to their memory.  My mother's choice of name for me was Attracta, she had wanted to call her first & second daughter that name, but the tradition was to name children after family names. My grandmother RIP said "well aren't there plenty of family names besides one that no one ever heard of..." so my dear dad (always the peacemaker) as he carried me out of the house for the Christening said "as she was born on the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul we'll put Pauline with it, and she will like it better when she grows up..." he often called me by the nickname Polyanthum, so in gratitude to my wonderful parents,  I use both names on this site.

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